North Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- NewsChannel 9 has gotten numerous calls and emails about low flying planes taking off at odd hours of the night in North Syracuse.
Officials at Hancock tell us the planes were from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and the low flying is due to a flight procedure called “touch and go.”
Airport officials also say the planes are often used for these types of exercises because of the convenience of their facility. But neighbors want to know why they need to train in the middle of the night.
North Syracuse resident Amy Mech says one plane flew so low it touched the top of a nearby tree line, which she says is only about 80 feet from her home.
Mech has lived on Allen Road in North Syracuse for more than a decade. She knew what she signed up for when she moved just two miles from the airport, but never imagined there would be this many sleepless nights because of low flying planes.
“When I was out here last night, the plane came very close to that tree line, I mean very, very close and it started to shake the house and started to shake the windows a little bit,” Mech said.
If she lived alone it wouldn’t be so bad, but she’s a single mom of four and has two disabled twins – one of them has traumatic brain disorder that can’t take the noise coming from the planes.
“You'll go through an hour and a half of screaming and then reassure them that they are safe and they are fine and everything's okay," Mech explained.
Mech has even paid thousands of dollars to install sound proof windows, but that hasn’t worked.
“It wasn't so bad when I first moved here, but over the time period I noticed they've gotten more careless or carefree near the airport because they are circling around,” Mech said.
Airport representatives say the flight patterns are determined by the air traffic control tower, but all flights, whether commercial or military, follow safety rules that will not put the public in danger.
Mech just hopes it doesn’t last forever.
NewsChannel 9 called McGuire Air Force Base to find out how long training will go on for. So far, we haven’t heard back from them. We’ll keep you posted when we do. However, keep in mind the airport is a public use airport that’s open 24 hours a day.If you have a question for the Your Stories team, we’ll try to answer it. Call 446-9900 or email YourStories@9WSYR.com.